We've just returned from spring break and are heading quickly towards the end of the year. I always feel like I am sprinting a bit more during this time, head down, pushing forward. So, I appreciate this opportunity to focus on a few things (FIVE to be exact) that have engaged me recently, making me think, bring end-of-year life to our library program, and help me slow down just a tiny bit.
This year our school district began a new focus on literacy, which we define as reading, writing, thinking, and discussing. I have the good fortune of being on my school's literacy team, which recently brought me to a local elementary school for some informal classroom observations during their literacy block. I believe deep in my educator heart that secondary teachers have so very much to learn from our elementary counterparts. Some of the ideas were new. Some were reminders of things that I once valued but have forgotten over time. I just have to say as an aside - those little 1st and 3rd graders are adorable! And their teachers were experts at keeping them engaged and learning. I was and still am in awe. So here are five things, in no particular order, that I walked away with that day. I hope you find something to inspire you in your own teaching practice.
We can’t believe it: this week BubbleUp Classroom is celebrating its 50th blog post! We are so grateful to be on this journey with you, as we all strive in big and small ways to be the best educators we can be.
As our little way of saying thank you for hanging out with us through our first 50 posts, we’ve amped up our Take5 into Take50. It’s a list of 50 dynamic podcasts, blogs and folks to follow on Instragram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
This week, I ran across an interesting perspective on using graphic organizers for writing, a cool project to encourage student mural creation, advice on differentiating whole group instruction, pointers on developing growth mindset, and a great book list.
Plus, there are a few extra resources in today's Take5 -- a great web site, an audio recording tool, and some posters you can use in your classroom or library. Enjoy!
After a fun, relaxing Thanksgiving Break, I am so ready for Take5. Something about a nice long break from school makes me want to jump back into my classroom practice and try new things. This week I am thinking about everything from coding to Snapchat. If you are ready to add a little something new to your teaching practice, read on.
Next week is Thanksgiving in the United States (how did we already get to the end of November?). There is a lot going on in our country right now and while I've been consuming enourmous amounts of media, I felt like this week, it was worth it to share some things that I have discovered on gratitude.